The plot, however, had other ideas in mind. Land being scarce in Singapore, meant this site would need some innovative architecture, otherwise this couple would be left with just a 3-metre-sliver of garden space. Not what the homeowners had in mind when wanting to embrace the outdoors. ipli Architects thought outside the box – or more accurately – above it. The design saw them lift the entire design upwards to create an open landscaped ground floor that is both sheltered from above, yet open from the sides. It’s a home that capitalises on space with absolute grace. Not only did this genius architectural move provide a much-desired connection to the outdoors, but it gave the homeowners the space they were craving for hosting and entertaining. It also had the added bonus of shielding the outdoor area from a noisy road and any nosy onlookers to the front of the property.
There is enormous joy to be found living in the tropics: open spaces, a connection to the outdoors, tropical vegetation, and an indoor/outdoor lifestyle.
“The house has two parts,” explains Tay, “the upper and the lower. We used concrete/cement as the single material that defines the lower part of the house. But we needed it to feel natural and to blend in with the landscape. The walls and columns are created using board marked off-form concrete. The concrete picks up the textures and imperfections of the timber form-work beautifully.” A standout feature in the home is of course the grand staircase, which sets the tone for the curvature found throughout the space. Actually a figure-of-eight, the staircase touches various spaces throughout before finally opening up via skylights at the top. Its ventilation system draws air in from the bottom, before allowing hot air to head skywards. “We wanted to create a house with a rich and varied experience as one travels through it,” says Tay. “The outdoor living area is expansive and bright, it transitions to the staircase core, which is enclosed featuring light filtering in from small skylights at the top. The space opens up again when one walks into bright living spaces from the stair core.” The home is undoubtedly quite the creative experience; cleverly thought-out, beautifully crafted, and expertly adapted to its small site and tropical climes. ipli Architects ipliarchitects.com Photography by Studio Periphery Dissection Information Black forest marble dining table custom-made by Elite Stones Singapore Grace dining chairs from Poliform Outdoor dining table and benches custom-made in Singapore Mondrian sofa from Poliform Mondrian coffee table from Poliform Mad armchair from Poliform Dedon, Mbrace rocking chair from Xtra Living Singapore Frog chair from Living Divani Black forest marble coffee table custom-made by Elite Stones Singapore Iskandar Jalil pottery Custom-made cushions by Long March Furnishings Singapore Kartell, Kabuki standing lamps from Million Lighting Singapore Oda floor lamp from Pulpo Artemide and Melampo standing lamps from Million Lighting Singapore Poseidon hanging lamps from Cattelan Metropolitan armchair from B&B Italia
The design saw ipli lift the entire design upwards to create an open landscaped ground floor.
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“The concrete picks up the textures and imperfections of the timber form-work beautifully.”
Skheme has been providing the design loving public with the finest in stone and tile since 2002. Drawing on over 40 years of experience, the team at Skheme has earned their reputation as one of the greatest names in Australian surfaces, and this November, Sydneysiders are in for a treat.
Skheme is hosting a special warehouse sale at their newly opened Stone Pavilion showroom in Riverwood. On November 9 and 10, design lovers and professionals alike will be able to pick up some spectacular tile and stoneware items, up to a massive 70 per cent off the normal retail price.
The newly opened showroom is the next step in Skheme’s story. Originally born out from the family business Ace Ceramics Group – which had been part of the Australian tile and stone industry for more than 44 years – Skheme was launched when the company directors recognised a gap in the marketplace for designer-level tiles and stoneware that are as functional as they are aesthetically exceptional.
Founded in 2002, Skheme are well known in the tile and stone industry for their broad and unique products, specifically catered to the needs of the Australian design and architectural communities, so you know when you’re purchasing from them, you’re getting the finest in tile and stone design. With a staff as knowledgeable as they are friendly, Skheme collaboratively works with its customers and clients through the selection process, assisting with helpful facts on products, guidelines, slip ratings, technical information, maintenance and warranties – ensuring the right product always goes home with the right person[gallery type="rectangular" ids="95424,95427"]
There’s never been a better time than November 9 and 10 to peruse the large range of porcelain, mosaics, timber-look tiles and natural stone finishes that will be available for sale. From colourful hand-made brick tiles to stone-look porcelain, this warehouse sale will have something for everyone’s taste, up to 70% off the normal price, so mark it in your diary!Skheme skheme.comabc
1. Agra rug, Armadillo & Co.The Agra Collection of rugs from Armadillo & Co. balances visual restraint with sumptuous luxury. Select your choice of colour from the collection’s range of ten hues; Anthracite; Byzantine; Duchess; Juniper; Kingfisher; Marlin; Midnight; Moonstone; Oyster; and Pearl. Armadillo & Co.
2. Flocca Linen bedding, Hale Mercantile Co.Experience pure linen bedding from Australia's leading linen brand. Hale Mercantile Co.’s luxurious linen bedding is manufactured entirely in Europe from authentic, quality linen. Receive a Queen-size linen bedhead and bedding set including duvet cover, flat sheet and pillowcases. Hale Mercantile Co.
3. Bang & Olufsen Beosound Edge, Premium SoundCompact and powerful wireless speaker with a timeless design, cutting edge acoustic innovation and magical interaction for a listening experience that inspires the imagination. Premium Sound [gallery size="medium" ids="94166,94172,94168"]
4. Anya Pesce artwork, Studio GalleryTitled Gold Composition, 2019, this wall mounted sculpture by Sydney-based artist, Anya Pesce, is valued at $3,000. Anya’s work explores surface, colour and materiality, transforming plastic material from its industrial incipient state, to a form that is both illusive and real, arouses curiosity through juxtaposition. Studio Gallery
5. Georg Coat Stand, Top 3Georg Coat Stand is two long legs attached to a centre section that leans against the wall. No screws, just a straightforward wardrobe solution for your lobby or bedroom. Shirts and trousers can go on hangers, while you can hang your scarves and jackets on the little bumps on one leg and your bag on the hook on the other. Top 3
6. Sedis Chair, StylecraftThe Sedis seating collection designed by Anne-Claire Petre for Anaca Studio balances sculptural curves with strong, minimalist lines informed by Art Deco architecture. Stylecraft [gallery size="medium" ids="94169,94171,94170"]
7. Andy Chair, Project 82The Andy occasional chair by Design Kiosk is an effortlessly comfortable chair that is modern and inviting. Available in 4 aniline leather options this armless chair is easy to slide into, and keeps a room feeling open. Project 82
8. Ceppo collection tiles, Earp BrosReceive a $3,000 voucher to spend on any tiles in the Ceppo collection by Earp Bros. The collection includes three stunning colours, Antracita, Stone and Acero offering a diverse collage of complementing tones to easily blend with other materials and products. Earp Bros
9. Kanta Nested Cocktail Tables, Boyd BlueThis pair of nested cocktail tables is topped with a sunburst-patterned veneer in Smoked Eucalyptus finish with a brass-plated metal base. Boyd Blue [gallery size="medium" ids="94167,94174,94173"]
10. Shunan tables, Top 3Bring the outside in with Shunan, the round metal and wood coffee table inspired by China’s serene forest. Ideal for use as a side or coffee table, Shunan’s curved ash top is supported by strong, vertical steel legs, creating an organic and elegant feel. This coffee table represents a perfect marriage of classic simplicity and contemporary flair. Top 3
11. Showers, tapware and accessories, Phoenix TapwareSelect up to $3,000 RRP worth of Phoenix branded collections including showers, taps and accessories from Phoenix Tapware. Phoenix Tapware
12. Dost lounge chair, Top 3Named for the native word meaning ‘friendship’, the Dost wool lounge chair was inspired by one of our most basic human needs: comfort. Whether you’re having a bad day or just want to curl up with a good book, a few moments resting on a Dost chair will be as comforting as a cuddle from an old chum. Top 3 [gallery size="medium" ids="94178,94181,94176"]
13. Snoopy limited edition table lamp, EuroluceTable lamp giving direct light with matte black embossing powder finishing reflector and white Carrara’s marble base. It was designed by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni in 1967.
14. Wardrobe and personal styling, NiqueReceive a $1,500 Nique wardrobe and a personal styling session with Nique creative director, Nadia Jones.
15. Lightning rug, TSAR CarpetsThis TSAR Carpets rug, valued at $4,065 RRP, is an atypical representation of lightning; hidden behind a mass of dark clouds, an electrical storm is observable only by a thin glow in the distance. [gallery size="medium" ids="94179,94175,94177"] The People’s Choice Award will be announced this Thursday along with the jury’s awards at the official Habitus House of the Year Cocktail Party. Be sure to check back or stay in touch! Habitus and Indesign Media Asia Pacific would like to thank our partners for the Design Hunter Package: Armadillo & Co., Hale Mercantile Co., Boyd Blue, Premium Sound, StylecraftHOME, Euroluce, Nique, Top 3, Earp Bros, Studio Gallery, Phoenix Tapware, Project 82, and Tsar Carpets. Habitus House Of The Year wouldn’t exist without the support of our friends, colleagues and regular collaborators in the industry. We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to our Major Partners Gaggenau, StylecraftHOME and Zip and Supporting Partners Armadillo & Co and Earp Bros. Our Trophy Partner Axolotl and our Accommodation Partner Ovolo Laneways. abc
In dire condition, the front of the house needed significant work. Lucy restored the Victorian façade and reinstated the verandah and wrought iron detailing to complement the heritage streetscape. She carefully reworked the interior to create a private master suite, formal sitting room and study. A multifunctional joinery unit bridges the juncture between the Victorian home and two-storey contemporary extension, serving as a threshold, and housing ancillary functions such as a powder room, laundry, walk-in pantry and wine storage Providing flexible living spaces, the new addition borrows from Victoria Gardens to dissolve the boundaries between the house and park. Sliding glass doors and seamless flooring create uninterrupted flow from the kitchen, dining and living area to the garden designed by Fiona Brockhoff. Upstairs, the children’s bedrooms and balcony are cocooned in timber and overlook the park. “The spaces all address and view the park landscape and are tranquil and peaceful,” says Lucy. “It provides a sanctuary from busy city life and we are always aware of the changing seasons and nature.”
“Designing one’s own home comes with its own unique set of challenges.”
The timber and natural material palette also borrow from the park, with cool greys, warm caramels and deep greens that mimic the textures and colours of the foliage and branches of the plane trees. Lucy engaged local artisans and tradespeople to build custom-designed timber furniture and joinery, and commissioned Droog to produce the over-scaled botanical wallpaper in the study, which replicates Coenraet Roepel’s painting Still Life with Flowers from 1721. “It is a nod to my time living and working in the Netherlands, and also references the classic English children’s book The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett,” says Lucy. As for Lucy’s own children, they love their garden and public garden, and inviting friends from the park home for dinner. Lucy Clemenger Architect lucyclemenger.com.au Photography by Anniss Barton, Shannon McGrath Dissection Information Timber panelling from Royal Oak Floors Wallpaper from Droog Rugs from Loom Rugs Marble tiles from Byzantine Tiles Kitchen joinery from Poliform Kitchen lighting, table and chairs from Hub Furniture Tapware from Vola We think you might also like Grand Dame of Victoria by SJB Interiorsabc
“The spaces all address and view the park landscape and are tranquil and peaceful.”